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X-Man was a phenomenal villain
This series needed to have a powerful villain in order to succeed. The easy route would have been to go with typical antagonists like Magento, Apocalypse, or the Purifiers. Instead, the writers threw a curveball. X-Man was used as the big bad this time around, and he was a smart choice for a few reasons. First, he’s a character that comic book fans will recognize, yet he’s someone we haven’t seen in a while. Second, no one saw this coming. This element of surprise let fans know that this wasn’t going to be your typical story. Lastly, he’s an omega level mutant with the power to fight off the entire X-Men roster.
Not only did he defeat the X-Men, but X-Man was also given a sympathetic story. He wasn’t just some villain looking to take over the world. He was dying and wanted to give the world eternal happiness before he passed away. It started going south when readers found out he was brainwashing and hurting people to achieve his goals. Also, the end result was the world hating mutants even more. It looks like X-Man may have died in Uncanny X-Men No. 10, but hopefully that’s not the case. He’s the perfect villain to usher in this new X-Men age.